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The complete idiot's guide to understanding Catholicism

Author: Robert T O'Gorman; Mary Faulkner
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Presents an introduction to Roman Catholicism, discussing its basic doctrines and history, the current status of Catholic education and social teachings, the impact of the recent sex scandals, and the issues that the church faces in the future.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert T O'Gorman; Mary Faulkner
ISBN: 1592575358 9781592575350
OCLC Number: 70678746
Description: xxxi, 393 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. What's a Catholic? Can you judge a Catholic by the cover? --
The people: many faces, many flags --
Catholicism: it's a big tent --
The Vatican: the church that's a country --
The '60s: seeds of revolution --
Part 2. Putting the "ism" in Catholicism: becoming Catholic, becoming different. "It's elementary, my dear Watson" --
The Bible --
Jesus: spirit of a new religion --
Part 3. The sensuous side of Catholicism: how Catholics experience God. Catholic imagination: the sacred space of ritual --
Jesus: the original sacrament --
Seven sensual sacraments --
Who is Mary? Part 4. Imagination and prayer. Feeding the imagination --
Catholic prayers and music: tangible poetry --
The Mass: the Catholics' big dinner party --
Part 5. Catholic identity: how are Catholics wired? It's a tribe --
The teaching church: more than just a slap with the ruler --
The Catholic Church's best-kept secret: social justice --
The teachings of the church: moving beyond sin --
The church: moving from steeple to people --
Part 6. The church's history. The Roman establishment --
Division, debauchery, and reform: the church's second millennium --
The birth of the church in the new land --
Catholics earn their citizenship --
Part 7. A look to the future --
catholic sexuality: the church's dirty little secret? --
Face to face in the third millennium: the church looks to the future.
Other Titles: Understanding Catholicism
Responsibility: Bob O'Gorman and Mary Faulkner.
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Presents an introduction to Roman Catholicism, discussing its basic doctrines and history, the current status of Catholic education and social teachings, the impact of the recent sex scandals, and the issues that the church faces in the future.

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